Monday, March 30, 2009


The Tigers failed to improve their pitching situation, but probably improved their bench today by sending minor league reliever Rudy Darrow to the Braves for OF Josh Anderson. Could this be the precursor to another deal?

Although it didn't help the pitching, the trade does give Detroit a viable backup in the outfield and a dimension of speed. Anderson batted .294/.338/.426 with 21 runs and 10 SB (in 11 attempts) last season in 136 AB for Atlanta.

It would not be a surprise to see Anderson take over for Carlos Guillen in late-inning situations, much like the Phillies pulled Pat Burrell from games. Given Guillen's aches and pains, this could be a good thing.

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